Pakistan crushed world favorites India by 180 runs to clinch the ICC Championship Trophy title in a thrilling competition at London’s The Oval ground on Sunday (watch below).
Pakistani team set up a daunting 339-run target with a loss of four wickets, but Indian batting collapsed under a calculated bowling attack, with all men out for just 158 runs in the 31st over of 50 over game.
India needed 339 runs to beat Pakistan at a required run rate of more than 6.76. Pakistan had established a run rate of 6.76.
Pakistan Fakhar Zaman is the only batsman who scored an unbeaten 114 – his maiden century and the first Pakistani batsmen to score a century in ICC Championship tournament final. He is awarded the Player of the Match.
The last time Pakistani openers scored more than 100 runs prior to the fall of the first wicket in two consecutive matches was in 2003. This is only the second time the same has happened outside Asia.
Left-arm fast bowler Muhammad Amir kicked off Pakistan’s bowling attack, taking three crucial early wickets ─ those of Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan.
The score is Pakistan’s second-highest against India. The last time Pakistan beat India was in 2009 – also during a Champions Trophy match.
Hasan Ali matched Amir’s three, taking the wickets of MS Dhoni, Ravichandran Ashwin and JJ Bumrah.
Pakistan team: Sarfraz Ahmed (Captain), Azhar Ali, Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam, Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Imad Wasim, Mohammad Amir, Shadab Khan, Hasan Ali, Junaid Khan.
India team: Rohit Sharma (Captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli (capt), Yuvraj Singh, MS Dhoni (wkt), Hardik Pandya, Kedhar Jadhav, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ravichandran Ashwin, Jaspreet Bumrah.
South-African-born Pakistan head coach John Michael Arthur is very pleased with how Pakistan went on to defy all expectations and win the ICC Champions Trophy and wants to build on this for the ICC World Cup in 2019.
Pakistan batsman Mohammad Hafeez says his team-mates vowed to stick together despite the avalanche of criticism and they reaped the rewards in memorable fashion on Sunday.
Pakistan victory will certainly start some sort of anti-Muslim riots by the Hindutva BJP and other Hindu extremists in India as they have done in the past (here).